Enter The Kettlebell – Week 5 Done

A beginning is only the start of a journey to another beginning.~ Author Unknown

As we finish up week five of the Program Minimum, it’s a good time to reflect on why we start with swings and get-ups. As Pavel says in Enter the Kettlebell, the Program Minimum (PM) is designed to deliver:

  • The conditioning of a world-class fighter;
  • Rapid fat loss without the dishonor of aerobics;
  • A back of steel;
  • Muscular, flexible, and resilient shoulders;
  • A skill base for the rest of the RKC drills.

Once again (this is my third time through the PM), the Program Minimum has delivered on its promises.  We finished our last swing workout on Friday and our last get-up practice on Saturday.

We had a bit of a hitch with our swing work-out, as I mistakenly forgot to set my timer for twelve minutes and left it on ten minutes from our warm-ups.  As a result, we did our first set of fifty reps (alternating sets of ten), took a minute break, then did our second set of fifty reps.

Only I miscounted how many ten reps sets we had done and we actually did sixty reps for that set.

Then, to make matters worse, the timer sounded shortly thereafter, leaving my wife and I feeling like we had lost some time in there somewhere.   We were thinking we would complete at least three rounds of fifty rep swings in the twelve minute time period.  When we only did two, I knew something was wrong.  Turns out that we did swings for just ten minutes instead of twelve.

Saturday flowed a bit more smoothly as we completed our five minute get-up practice, with Val getting eight reps per side and me getting five per side.

Monday we start the Rite of Passage.  Presses and pulls.  Specifically ladders of the clean and press and pull-ups.  I’m also going to throw in a Viking Warrior Conditioning workout on my variety Wednesday.  Although it will be an abbreviated version to start with, probably to the tune of twenty total sets (ten sets right and ten sets left).  More on that Wednesday.


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